Lindisfarne Stones: the finished piece

I only just got Lindisfarne Stones finished in time, and it’s now been handed over for the exhibition in Durham Cathedral, but I took a few photos of it before it went. Next to the gold, the pale carved stone looks almost luminous: And the gold stitching sparkles in the light: I’m very much looking…

Lindisfarne Stones: assembly

With all the stitched sections finished, it’s time to put it all together. I cut pieces of mount board, to form the ‘box’: The top of the box needs to have a hole cut in it to frame the carved stone; to do this, I first traced the shape and stuck it to one of…

Carved stone dogs – a bit more work

Having got my carved stone dogs finished off, I noticed the same thing as I did when I first did Wow: unless the light is on it just right, to cast a shadow, the design can all but disappear. So, I decided to do the same thing as I did then: paint it. As before,…

Stone carving workshop – decorative motifs

You may remember that last summer I went on a stone carving workshop, at the Mushroom Works in Newcastle.  I did lettering carving then, and was very pleased with the result, ‘Wow’.  I’ve just been on a second workshop at the same place, this time on decorative motifs. The course was run by the same…

More Wow

I’ve had a lot of very nice comments about my stone carving attempts, so I thought you might be interested in seeing a bit more work on it. I was very pleased with it, overall, but in certain lights, particularly when the light was directly from the front, the letters were quite difficult to see….

Stone carving workshop

On a whim, and with no prior experience whatsoever, I signed up for a stone carving workshop, held last Saturday at the Mushroom Works in Newcastle.  The course was on carving lettering, something I’ve always liked, and despite never having picked up a chisel before, I went along. There were six of use on the…

Brocolitia and Vindolanda

Well, it’s October, so of course it was the hottest day of the year here.  It’s been very warm for the last few days; I’d taken a few days off work to work on the Banner, but it was far too nice to stay indoor stitching all the time, so I played hooky for a…

Scuplture by the river

In my last post on a walk along the river in Durham, I mentioned a couple of strange stone structures near Prebends Bridge, and said I was going to try and find out a bit more about them. Here’s the first, this time from the front: This is Kathedra, by Colin Wilbourn, at the time artist…

Durham riverside

I’ve got a couple of days off work, so I had a trip through to Durham today, for no reason other than that I love it there.  I walked along the banks of the river, which were beautiful in the early summer light.  If you haven’t been to Durham, then should you ever be in…